Colouring Of Palm Oil, Hazardous, Illegal – Cross River State Government Warns Sellers

In Breaking News, Health

By Asare Asare, Daily Post

Director General of the Cross River Commodity and Quality Control Board, Mr. Ogbiji Nyiam has warned those that deliberately color palm oil to desist as it is capable of killing unsuspected consumers.

He said the colorings used to make the appearance of the product more appealing are chemicals and are hazardous to health.

He spoke when he had an emergency meeting with commodity operators, merchants, and local buying agents on Friday in Calabar.

He disclosed that the State Government is making moves to check the use of coloring by palm-oil dealers to enhance the appearance of the oil.

He reiterated that the production of agricultural commodities must be protected and safe for consumption.

“The Board would embark on checks, especially on commodities produced in the State, including palm oil which is being colored with some chemicals to make its appearance more inviting to the consumers.

“The chemicals used to color the palm oil have agents that can harm dangerously and can also kill unsuspecting consumers.”

He said there is a need for control of inbound and outbound commodities in the State, adding that a database and quality checks of produce to meet acceptable standards is to be followed seriously.

“The management of the Board would swing into action to always check the qualities of palm oil and other commodities either for consumption or industrial usage in the State.

“We need to create a Cross River brand of Quality Management System (QMS) according to International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9001-2015 standards.

“Nigerians deserve the best, therefore producers and merchants should cooperate with the board for maximum quality,” he said.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Association of Oil Merchants in Cross River, Danlami Saleh promised to respect and cooperate with the Board to ensure that products are safe for human consumption.

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